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Spain's capital is one of Europe's liveliest cities, with more than 4.5 million inhabitants who'd rather be out at night than home in bed. Our illustrated city guide includes travel advice, links, and photos.

Lisbon-Madrid Night Train
The Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel is jointly operated by CP Portuguese Railways and Renfe Spanish Railways. Accommodations range from reclining seats to "Gran Clase" staterooms with private sink, WC, and shower.

Madrid-Seville AVE Trains
Why drive or fly when you can travel between city centers by high-speed train in only 2½ hours?

Our miniguide to the Iberian Peninsula's oldest city includes three pages of tourist information and a 30-page photo gallery with captions. (Cádiz is a frequent port of call for cruise ships and is an easy day trip from Seville by train.)

The Alhambra
Anders Imboden gives advice on touring Granada's Moorish fortress, the Generalife, and the palace of Charles V in this five-page illustrated article.

Santiago de Compostela
Come to get your sins absolved, then stay for the architecture, atmosphere, and hearty Gallegan cuisine. Our 8-page guide includes travel tips, photos, and links to other local resources.

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago book review
David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson describe the 1,000-year-old pilgrimage route to Galicia's capital, which is one of only three Catholic "holy cities" (together with Jerusalem and Rome).

Balneario de Mondariz
Galicia's most famous spa has served up therapeutic mineral waters for drinking and soaking since 1873. Today, its facilities include a "Palace of Water" and an 18-hole golf course.

Galician Palace Gardens
If you're traveling by car, it's easy to visit the Pazo de Oca and the Pazo Santa Cruz de Rivadulla. You can even stay at the "Galician Versailles" as an overnight guest.

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Need a car in Europe?

If you live outside the EU, a tax-free tourist car lease can be cheaper than renting for visits of 21+ days. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include insurance.

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Traveling by train?

Get free schedules, maps, and guides for 50+ European railroads. (Residents of North and Central America can buy tickets and rail passes online.)

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